The Press Newspaper
Once again this year, members of the Eastwood community have opened their homes to foreign exchange students.
Through their involvement in school activities, the seven students who make their home in the Eastwood community this year will share customs of the home countries so that students can understand the world.
Johanes Neff is a 17-year -old exchange student from Altheim, Germany staying with Pemberville mayor James Opelt.
Northwood EMS Fire Chief Phillip J. Wojcinski has been suspended from his job as a result of charges that he and his wife Shawna, furnished alcohol to minors, a first degree misdemeanor.
Their case is set for pre-trial in Perrysburg Municipal Court on January 28 at 9 a.m.
“Once the city heard about it, he was suspended,” said Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner.
Once the case is concluded, Fire Chief Tim Romstadt will make a recommendation to City Administrator Dennis Recker on whether Wojcinski, 44, should be reinstated, said Stoner.
Students may have seen him perform on the Oprah show, Ellen, America’s Got Talent, YouTube and most recently, Eastwood High School.
Judson Laipply is a motivational speaker by trade, and a “YouTube” phenomenon by chance, and Eastwood high school and middle school students were treated with a performance as a part of Red Ribbon Week.
Laipply grew up in Bucyrus, Ohio, and received his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University. Next, he graduated with a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. Since then, he has been traveling the country and speaking to students about the choices they make.
During his presentation to grades 6-12, Laipply spoke about how laughter, confidence, and the power of choice affect a person’s life.
Humane Ohio, a non-profit spay and neuter clinic with low rates, is seeking donations for a pet food bank it established last year for pet owners struggling to make ends meet.
Jill Borkowski, marketing manager for Humane Ohio, said the group is grateful to all the businesses and individuals who have donated money and/or dog and cat food. The group oftentimes thanks donors in public, which can give the mistaken impression that the food bank is fully stocked at all times.
“I’m afraid it gives people the impression that we’re getting so much support that we don’t need any more. I want people to understand that as quickly as it comes in, it goes out,” she said. “A church or business may have collected 500 lbs. of pet food for us, which is awesome, but we’ve given out as much as 7,000 lbs. some months,” said Borkowski.
Amending Lake Township’s radio licenses with the Federal Communications Commission will save the township about $800 a month, according to Police Chief Mark Hummer, who last week requested the township trustees approve a contract for the amendment process.
Chief Hummer’s request for the township to retain Bender Communications, Marion, O. to file an amendment with the FCC was approved Tuesday by the trustees.
The contract is for $1,730.
Chief Hummer said the amendment involves an extensive amount of paperwork but the cost savings will be realized by listing 29256 Lemoyne Road – the location of a former Ohio Highway Patrol Post that now houses the police department and emergency dispatching center – as the primary license site and 1911 Ayers Rd. – the location of fire station 2 - as the secondary site.